- Canada is in great need of agricultural workers, particularly mushroom pickers, oyster harvester and butchers
- Filipinos are preferred since most could speak English and the ones who took the chance are now already earning as much as P150,000 monthly
- Included in the benefits are monthly allowance, health insurance, shelter, and free home-to-work trips
Canada is currently in great need of agricultural workers, particularly mushroom pickers, oyster harvester and butchers.
The mushroom industry in Canada is approximately around $900 million. Among this is a successful mushroom farm at Sharon, Ontario, Canada.
In a story by ABS CBN News, it said this is the reason why a certain Suzette Alcaro, a former domestic helper in Hong Kong “traded brooms for mushrooms.”
Alcaro’s monthly salary as a mushroom picker in the said country is $3,600 (Canadian dollars) or Php146,000.
Aside from that, the company also provides a monthly allowance, health insurance, shelter, and free home-to-work trips (staff house to work area.)
Another Pinoy, Teddy Legaspi, is a former high school teacher who is also among the Filipino mushroom pickers seeking greener pastures in Canada. He is staying in a staff house along with other mushroom pickers.
“That (work) is good, the housing, very good,” he said, while saying that the main problem he encountered was adjusting to the cold weather.
OFWs can also apply for their families to migrate with them, as long as they maintain good employee status and not violate the labor contract.
“Once na naka-work permit ka as an agricultural worker for one year then ‘yung employer mo may option to apply your OINP o Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program…Isang taon ka lang naka work permit puwede ka nang i-apply ng PR (permanent resident) status here,” said Lily Miranda Hammer, CEO and presidente of A&L Hammer Workforce Management.
[Once you have a work permit as an agricultural worker for one year, then your employer has an option to apply for your OINP or Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program… just one year having a work permit, you can apply for PR (permanent resident) status here.]
Filipino applicants are preferred in Canada since most could speak English, added Hammer.
There is no recruitment fee for those who want to become a mushroom picker.
Hammer said that applicants for mushroom pickers undergo a 3-month seminar and training shouldered by the Canadian government.
But of course, you will have to shoulder fees for passport, visa and other documents.
Mushroom pickers don’t need to have college degrees, what’s important is you’re dedicated and hardworking, said Hammer.
This year, Hammer targets to raise the hiring of mushroom pickers in the said country to 300. They are also hiring applicants for workers in oyster farms and butchers or matadero in Canada.
Reminder: Filipinos who intend to work abroad should inquire from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) or the Philippine Oversees Labor Office (POLO) in their respective areas to determine legitimate job opportunities available for Filipinos abroad and ensure that their rights and welfare are protected.